Sermon Archive

Stained Glass, V: Why We Should All Be Episcopalians

Date: October 15, 2017

Bible Text: Philippians 4:1-9 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. —Philippians 4:6   I am grateful that Bill invited me to reflect “why we should all be Episcopalian.”

Stained Glass, III: Why I Am a Presbyterian

Date: October 1, 2017

Bible Text: I Corinthians 14 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. in church I would rather speak five words with my mind than ten thousand words that mean nothing. —I Corinthians 14:19   My son was predestined to attend the University of Michigan.  His mother and his grandfather graduated from Michigan; at birth he came home from the

The Ten-Percent Solution

Date: September 24, 2017

Bible Text: Luke 17: 11–19 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.   But the other nine, where are they? —Luke 17:17b   The biblical word for leprosy covers a whole range of skin ailments from the serious Hanson’s disease—which deadens the nerves in human extremities to the point where you can’t tell if the pebble in your shoe

Stained Glass, II: Why I Am a Christian

Date: September 17, 2017

Bible Text: John 14: 1–6 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.   Let not your hearts be troubled; neither let them be afraid.  Believe in God; believe also in me. — John 14:1   To be Christian means to believe that Jesus of Nazareth, born to an unmarried peasant in an obscure corner of the Roman empire during the reign of

Stained Glass, I: Why I Am A Theist

Date: September 10, 2017

Bible Text: Psalm 19 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. —Psalm 19:1–2   In Fairfield County at my last church, and here on the North Shore too, I meet a lot

Encounters with Rabbi Jesus, IV: Getting It Right

Date: September 3, 2017

Bible Text: Matthew 16:21–27 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. Then Jesus told his disciples,“If any want to become my followers,  let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. —Matthew 16:24 God, you have spoken to us through your Son, by his presence, his words, his love and compassion, his dying and rising.  

Encounters with Rabbi Jesus, III: Truth and Lies

Date: August 27, 2017

Bible Text: Matthew 16:13–20 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” —Matthew 16:15 This month we have been students of the Rabbi Jesus as recorded by the evangelist Matthew. Early in August our disciples were out in the wilderness with more than 5,000 men and women who

Narcissism Is Heresy

Date: August 20, 2017

Bible Text: Leviticus 19:1–4, 8–18 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. —Leviticus 19:1–2   I thought this morning that I would offer some thoughts about what Jews

Encounters with Rabbi Jesus, II: The Eye of the Storm

Date: August 13, 2017

Bible Text: Matthew 14:22–33 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’ —Matthew 14:27 O Lord, you have given us your Word for a light to shine upon our path. Grant us so to meditate on that Word, and to follow its teaching that